Staff Seating Systems Engineer - Hard / Soft Trim

Ford Motor Company
March 12, 2024
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Job Description

At Ford Motor Company, we believe freedom of movement drives human progress. We also believe in providing you with the freedom to define and realize your dreams! With our incredible plans for the future of mobility, we have a wide variety of opportunities for you to accelerate your career potential as you help us define tomorrow's transportation.

Ford Model E is responsible for developing the key technologies and capabilities - such as EV platforms, batteries, e-motors, inverters, charging and recycling - to create ground-up, breakthrough electric vehicles. By joining the best software, engineering, design and UX talent, you will be a part of creating new technologies and concepts that can be applied across the Ford enterprise. Being on the Ford Model E team means building the future as Ford's center of innovation and growth through electric and connected vehicles and services.

Current Seating commodities include structures, mechanisms, actuators, cushions, wire harnesses, controllers, sensors, software, trims and so on. However, future seating solutions are not limited to these. Progression is targeted. A seat can be defined as a product which enables comfortable support for vehicular occupants. In some sense, a seat can be viewed as a moving robotic structural art piece.

Team members typically play dual roles as experts and polymaths. Each team member typically uses their particular expertise as a superpower to complement the team. You shall be part of the Seating Engineering Team which resides within Ford Model E -Vehicle Engineering Group.

What You'll Do

As a Seating Plastic Engineer, your role will focus on the design, development, and optimization of plastic components used in automotive seating systems. You will collaborate with cross-functional teams to ensure the creation of high-quality, durable, and aesthetically pleasing plastic parts that meet industry standards and customer requirements.

Responsibilities

Key Responsibilities :

Plastic Component Design and Development:

  • Design and develop plastic components used in automotive seating systems, including seat shells, armrests, trim panels, and other interior parts.
  • Utilize CAD software to create 3D models and generate detailed engineering drawings of plastic parts.
  • Collaborate with industrial designers and mechanical engineers to optimize the design for functionality, ergonomics, and aesthetics.
  • Ensure compliance with safety standards, regulatory requirements, and customer specifications.
  • Material Selection and Validation:

  • Select appropriate plastic materials based on performance requirements, durability, cost considerations, and manufacturing constraints.
  • Collaborate with material suppliers and conduct material testing to evaluate mechanical properties, chemical resistance, and environmental performance.
  • Perform material validation and analysis, including mold flow simulations, to ensure manufacturability and quality of plastic components.
  • Collaborate with tooling engineers to optimize tooling design and processes for plastic part production.
  • Validation and Testing:

  • Develop test plans and perform validation testing to evaluate the performance, durability, and safety of plastic components.
  • Analyze test data, identify issues or areas for improvement, and propose design modifications or material changes.
  • Collaborate with testing laboratories and internal teams to conduct physical and virtual tests, such as mechanical testing, impact testing, and environmental testing.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant industry standards, such as ISO standards and automotive OEM specifications.
  • Supplier Management and Collaboration:

  • Collaborate with plastic component suppliers and manufacturers to ensure effective communication and timely delivery of parts.
  • Conduct supplier audits and assessments to ensure adherence to quality standards and specifications.
  • Collaborate with suppliers on tooling design, process optimization, and continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Resolve technical issues related to plastic components and provide technical guidance and support to suppliers.
  • Documentation and Reporting:

  • Create detailed engineering documentation, including specifications, design guidelines, technical reports, and test procedures for plastic components.
  • Prepare and deliver technical presentations to internal teams, clients, and stakeholders.
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of design changes, test results, and project progress.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to develop manufacturing and assembly guidelines for plastic components.
  • Collaboration and Project Management:

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including industrial designers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, and suppliers, to ensure seamless integration of plastic components with other subsystems.
  • Manage project timelines, budgets, and resources to ensure timely delivery of projects.
  • Communicate effectively with internal teams, suppliers, and customers to address technical queries and ensure project success.
  • Qualifications

    The minimum requirements we seek:

  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering or a related field
  • 5+ years of experience designing, developing, and releasing one or more seating plastic parts.
  • 3+ years of experience using 3D CAD software collaboratively (Catia v5/V6, 3DX, etc.)
  • 1+ year of experience in the production release process
  • 1+ year of experience in a factory setting launching a new product
  • Preferred Requirements:

  • Master's Degree in Engineering
  • Excellent understanding of GD&T standards ,
  • High level of expertise and proficiency with Catia, Enovia, or similar tools including drawing and modelling practices and methodologies
  • Strong knowledge of plastic materials, plastic processing techniques, and mold design.
  • Hands-on experience building and launching automotive products
  • Experience with Microsoft Office applications and other information management tools
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • A degree in Mechanical Engineering, Certificate of Accomplishment from a recognized Design educational institution, or equivalent skills and expertise
  • Experience using Confluence, Jira, Asana, or other project management tools
  • An eagerness to work cross-functionally in a dynamic environment where you are part of a high performing team
  • A system approach to design and development with the desire and curiosity to strive for exceptional delivery execution and continuous improvement
  • What you'll receive in return:

    As part of the Ford family, you'll enjoy excellent compensation and a comprehensive benefits package that includes generous PTO, retirement, savings and stock investment plans, incentive compensation and much more. You'll also experience exciting opportunities for professional and personal growth and recognition.

    If you have what it takes to help us redefine the future of mobility, we'd love to have you join us.

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    Candidates for positions with Ford Motor Company must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is available for this position.

    We are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or protected veteran status

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